Wall Street Applauds Apple's Financials for Q2 2019 that Provides Strong Guidance
This afternoon after the bell Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2019 second quarter ended March 30, 2019. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion, a decline of 5 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.46, down 10 percent. International sales accounted for 61 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Apple's guidance in revenue for the quarter was $55 billion and $59 billion, so Apple was at the top end of their guidance.
After Apple's press release was issued, Wall Street put the stock up over 5% as noted below. You could keep up with the fluctuations of the stock that will occur until the market opens tomorrow morning here.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO: "Our March quarter results show the continued strength of our installed base of over 1.4 billion active devices, as we set an all-time record for Services, and the strong momentum of our Wearables, Home and Accessories category, which set a new March quarter record. We delivered our strongest iPad growth in six years, and we are as excited as ever about our pipeline of innovative hardware, software and services. We’re looking forward to sharing more with developers and customers at Apple’s 30th annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June."
Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO: "We generated operating cash flow of $11.2 billion in the March quarter and continued to make significant investments in all areas of our business. We also returned over $27 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends. Given our confidence in Apple’s future and the value we see in our stock, our Board has authorized an additional $75 billion for share repurchases. We are also raising our quarterly dividend for the seventh time in less than seven years."
Reflecting the approved increase, Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.77 per share of the Company’s common stock, an increase of 5 percent. The dividend is payable on May 16, 2019 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 13, 2019.
The management team and the Board will continue to review each element of the capital return program regularly and plan to provide an update on the program on an annual basis.
Apple is Providing the following Guidance for its Fiscal 2019 Q3
- revenue between $52.5 billion and $54.5 billion
- gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent
- operating expenses between $8.7 billion and $8.8 billion
- other income/(expense) of $250 million
- tax rate of approximately 16.5 percent
To view Apple's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited), click here.
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